Call for Expressions of Interest: Downtown Banner Project, City of St. Albert

Photo Credit: City of St. Albert

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2024 5:00pm MDT

Project Summary

The City of St. Albert is currently seeking applications from artists to participate in the creation of a banner series for display throughout downtown St. Albert beginning next year. The opportunity is open to local professional artists working in all two-dimensional mediums who identify as belonging to a group that has been historically underrecognized.

Three successful applicants will be contracted to create a series of four banner designs each that will be mounted on the light poles of Perron Street, St. Thomas Street, St. Michael Street and St. Anne Street. This is a temporary art project, intended to last up to three years and will add visual interest and vibrancy to the downtown area.

St. Albert is a welcoming and inclusive community that believes in the advancement of a fair and equitable society which promotes respect for all citizens, strengthens the community, reduces causes of disadvantage and inequality, and ensures all citizens enjoy the best quality of life possible. This project will provide a creative platform to artists living and working within our community who have been historically underrecognized and speaks to our commitment to diversity and inclusion within our community. It will celebrate local artists and encourage community members and visitors to frequent the downtown area, promoting the city’s livability while inspiring creativity and understanding for those who live, work, and play here.

Project Requirements

Upon hire, each selected artist is to design four banners, adhering to the following specifications:

  • Artwork must fit banner dimensions of 18” wide and 58” high.
  • Artwork will be printed on both sides of the banner.
  • Artwork must be colourful.
  • Artwork should be bold and visible from a distance.
  • Keep all images and text within two (2) inches of all edges as a safe area of the banner to ensure nothing is impacted by stitch lines.
  • Include a 3/4” bleed (artwork that may be trimmed during production) all around the background colour(s).
  • Press Quality PDF, 300 dpi jpg image at 100% size, or an Adobe Illustrator (.ai or .eps) file with fonts outlined and links embedded is required for production.
  • Artwork will be credited on City of St. Albert signage to acknowledge the artist’s work. Social media will be posted on the City of St. Albert channels to promote viewership and to further acknowledge the artists. Social media will be posted in consultation with the artists.
  • Artists should be aware that the artwork may be subject to damage by the elements.

The City is responsible for fabricating and installing the banners.

Eligibility

This opportunity is open to local professional artists working in all 2-dimensional mediums who identify as belonging to a group that has been historically underrecognized based on ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, or citizenship status. Artists must reside in St. Albert or have a demonstrated connection acknowledged within their application. Artist collectives/teams may apply; however, the artist fee remains the same.

Compensation

Each artist or artist team will be paid a total of $5800 (not including GST) for the development of their final designs. They will be paid based on the deliverables listed in their Scope of Work contract.

Selection Process

The artwork will be selected though a one-stage selection committee process. The Selection Committee will include visual arts professionals, downtown business owners and community members. All decisions of the Selection Committee are final.

Submission Requirements

1. Appendix A – Entry Form

  • Completed and signed

2. Letter of Interest (up to 500 words)
Demonstrated interest, experience, and understanding of the project.

  • Why this opportunity appeals to the artist.
  • How the artist’s background and practice will contribute to this project.
  • Knowledge of, or connection to the project’s place.
  • Experience in working to a schedule, ability to deliver a project on time, and ability to collaborate with project teams.

3. Artist Statement (up to 300 words)

  • Detail your practice and personal style, what does your work mean to you and the community?
  • Demonstrated artistic excellence in contemporary art practice, demonstrated flexibility of practice, responsiveness to contextual opportunities.

4. Visual Documentation

  • Artists CV
  • up to 10 images of past work. PDF or JPEG files.
  • Image list. All visual documentation must be itemized and correspond as a list on a separate pdf document and includes the title, medium, date of each work.

NOTE: Artwork concepts (proposals) are NOT required as a part of this application. The successful artists will develop their concept after being selected.

How To Submit

Submissions are through the online form here.

Submission Deadline:
July 15, 2024 5:00pm MDT

For additional information or questions, please contact:
Jacilyn Blackwood, Visual Arts Coordinator
publicart@stalbert.ca

City of St. Albert
5 St. Anne Street
St. Albert, AB T8N 3Z9
stalbert.ca

Facebook @cityofstalbert
Instagram @cityofstalbert

Accessibility:
Staff are available to work one on one with applicants who experience barriers to access to develop accommodations that suit their abilities. This includes reading, writing and interpretation barriers. Please contact the Visual Arts Coordinator if you require support at publicart@stalbert.ca

St. Albert Place is Accessible; however, online meetings may take place in lieu of in person meetings if preferred.

Image Description:
1. Image of St. Thomas Street, downtown St. Albert. Banners can be seen on the light poles along the sidewalks.